<snip>I would have thought you <Hutcheson> would already know the answer to that question you pose due to your experience with DMOZ, but i will reply all the same in the name of light entertainment.
I think you would agree that most webmasters know if their site is one of quality or not and/or if it provides any added value on the net or not. If the webmaster has any doubts about being listed chances are they already know the site isnt good enough.
I genuinely believe that business.com have it right. They edit/ review sites without bias, they dont run or work on the sites they list or have any vested interest in any site. They are editors employed directly by business.com to do the editing job.
If the site is of quality, offers a useful resource on the net and is worth listing they include it. The webmaster having paid the fee for the editors time to review.
This business model has major advantages over free directory sites such as DMOZ.
For the webmaster, they know that:-
1. Having paid the review fee their site will be reviewed
2. If their site is of a high standard it will be included.
3. The webmaster is 100% confident of no bias in the review process
4. The webmaster can contact a real person at business.com and exchange emails and resolve any issues in an above board open manor
For the directory, they know that:-
1. The webmaster is serious they 100% believe in the quailty of their own site they submit.
2. They are not in-undated with spam, junk and unlistable sites that free directory sites get just because they are free
3. Editors valuable time is spent dealing with less junk and reviewing serious submissions only
4. The editors are paid wages to do the job hence work full time doing it and dont have major backlogs of sites to review.
In all, business.com imo is one of the top directory sites on the net next to Yahoo directory.
If webmasters want a fee paying directory that will guarantee inclusion there are plenty of them about - business.com isnt one of them.
If webmasters want free directory listings, again there are plenty of them about also - again, business.com isnt one of those either.
Finally, if webmasters want to be included in a quality directory that lists only quality sites due to the fact that it will reject those that dont meet the standard then they have to be prepared to stand up and be counted and pay the review fee. If they dont want to take the risk, there are plenty of alternative options on the net.
[edited by: Webwork at 11:45 am (utc) on Nov. 14, 2006]
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